Avian Influenza Advice for all Birds.

Latest situation

19 March 2021: The risk of avian influenza to both wild and kept birds has reduced to ‘medium’. The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) requiring enhanced biosecurity will remain in force but Wednesday 31 March 2021 will be the last day poultry and other captive birds will need to be housed (housing restrictions end 23:59 31 March 2022). Bird gatherings are still prohibited. High standards of biosecurity remain essential as infection may still be present in the environment.

Risk level

The risk of incursion of avian influenza has been increased to very high for wild birds and medium for poultry with high biosecurity and high for poultry with poor biosecurity.

No cases have yet been seen in the area where our farm is located,

All our birds were brought indoors in mid November this year. This was done before any restrictions were brought in by DEFRA.
We are able to comfortably keep over 1000 full grown peafowl indoors all winter.

Avian influenza (bird flu): clinical signs
Chicken showing symptoms of Avian Influenza

DEFRA Restrictions

DEFRA have brought in country wide restrictions on gatherings of birds for shows and sales or like wise from mid December until they think the risk from migratory birds has subsided. Which we hope will be at some point in March.
These restrictions also ban on keeping any captive birds outside. So lowering the chance of any contact with wild birds. This ruling includes Scotland, Wales and England.
Captive birds are birds that come inside to roost at night, or are kept in a pen with on cover provided for them to roost. Go to DEFRA website for more details.

Preventative Action Against Avian Flu

To lower this chance even further we would advice that all birds should be fed indoors and no birds fed on the ground. Clearing all wasted feed and lowering the chances of birds wasting food. Lower the amount of feed in feed trays at any one time.
Water should be kept well up off the ground and inside where ever possible. If outside it should have a cover over it stopping anything from falling in it. (faeces from birds flying over head.)
NIPPLE DRINKERS WITHOUT CATCH TRAYS ARE THE SAFEST WAY TO WATER YOUR BIRDS.
No standing water should be aloud gather either inside or outside.

If your birds roosting house is to small to have them inside all the time consider covering a small area with tin or plastic and chicken wire sides directly outside your roosting house. We are trying to stop wild birds using the same areas captive birds are using.

Go to DEFRA website for more details